“The tests reveal I have mercury poisoning,” said Kathy.
Her mother wasn’t surprised. Kathy was a vegetarian who ate a lot of fish. “I’m sorry honey, but let’s be glad you now know to change your diet, and hopefully your health will return.”
Did mercury cause Kathy’s health problems? Yes and no.
Mercury, released into the air from industrial pollution, has been recognized to accumulate in streams and oceans in the form of methylmercury. Fish such as tuna, swordfish, and marlins absorb high-levels of methylmercury. Although most people do not eat enough fish to be in danger, fish eaters become at risk of mercury poisoning. Pregnant women are advised to restrict their consumption because of possible risk to the unborn child.
To act as though mercury-infused-fish is a cause will not eliminate the health problems. Benefits only come when the situation is seen in the light of effects. Unquestionably, it’s a trick to identify what looks like a cause and work with it as though it is an effect, but that is how we progress.
Let’s take a crop destroyed by weather—a drought. We presume the drought caused the crop destruction. In an effort to stop the destructive cause, weather is altered or manipulated, and we irrigate. However destruction continues because drought is an effect. So are frost, hail, pests, disease, or lousy farming techniques.
We can alter our diets, however health problems still exist. Because mercury pollution is an effect.
Human beings are tied to a long standing history of pollution, poisoning, and health problems. It’s enough to make us want to sit down and quit life. But we don’t We are resilient. We constantly become aware of who and what we are.
We are effect. Everything is effect. As we probe deeper into cause, we can learn good, God, is the natural and ultimate cause.
We are evolving. We have the right to eat healthy. We can have a balance. When dreadful conditions arise, we can forge ahead with a conviction that health is God created and God sustained.